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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My Second Recon! An old lady dress to a cute summer dress! Tute? Dunno! img hev. on: October 05, 2010 01:34:22 PM
Ok, Like I mentioned in my first post from today, I've opened pandora's box. I'm quickly becoming more and more addicted to these recons! My favorite crafts are always taking something and turning it into something else, so I'm not surprised! lol

I don't really know if this constitutes a tutorial, so you decide.

This is the wonderfully patterned, horribly designed dress I found at the thrift store for about a buck. Smiley

I got really lucky and the skirt of the dress was EXACTLY the size i needed for it to fit right under my bust!
Unfortunately that meant the waist which became the bust, was too small. I'll get into that in a minute though.

I measured the how tall I wanted the bust area to be and put some pins to mark my spot.

Next I found the difference between my bust and the dress, divided it by two and added an inch for seams. This is how wide my inserts needed to be to make the dress fit my chest.

At this point I needed to get to the side seams, so I cut the excess of the top.

I then cut off the extra sleeve following the hem line to keep the curve.

I opened the side seams and pinned in my inserts I made using the sleeves I cut off.

And then sewed them in.

I made some straps using more the cut off fabric. And pinned them into place.

**This is about the time that my plastic reverse lever finally gave in and snapped. To back stitch I had to make sure the needle was down, lift my foot, turn the fabric around, replace the foot stitch, and repeat to get going back the right way. Sad  I immediately ordered a replacement Smiley**

This is what I had after I sewed in my straps as the same time I hemmed the top. Next step: tailor!

This was a longer shot to show the length, I ended up shortening it to make ties for the back and even though the ties make the dress, I regret having to shorten it. I rather like the long length.

After adding a dart to the boobs to make it fit better, adding the ties to the side and hemming the bottom, and sewing the button part shut so it doesn't billow open on me, I have one cute summer dress that I can't wait to wear! (Even though summer is over, I'll find a way to wear it, don't doubt me! lol)


I completely forgot that I made some bows too. I still had some of this fabric left and I thought a little bow would just be perfect for it. I ended up getting some scraps out from other projects and made some from those too. I even got lucky to have my little brother model them for me! lol he was playing a video game and i think he was only vaguely aware of what I was actually doing. Cheesy tee hee

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Oh Noes! I've opened Pandora's box! A Blazer Recon! Kind of a Tute? IMG HEAVY on: October 05, 2010 01:05:09 PM
I've got myself in trouble here, I can feel it starting to work it's magic on my brain. lol I found this awesome vest the other day at the thrift store, of course it was too big. I bought it anyway and told myself I'd find a way to make it work. Well I did! I was so excited, and I found out I look damn good in a vest. That being the only one that was anywhere near stylish, and my size I was depressed. That of course was until I realized that I have tons of blazers (from my days at work when I didn't have to wear scrubs) that are collecting dust. I brought one out and turned it into a stylish vest! yay!

I started off by cutting the sleeves off (a couple inches from the seam) to save myself the hassle of them being in the way. lol

Next I figured out how I wanted the neck line to be. I decided on a halter style and put pins in along for when I cut.

Next I marked where to cut making sure to even it out on both sides.

Pin in the hem Cheesy

I tried to get the entire length in to show the curve I added. The bottom of the vest that I got lucky with from the thrift store had two points in the front, I wanted to recreate this so I simply folded more up in the back and brought it around to the front to form the points.

Close up of the points.

I put it back on my duct tape dummy to make sure it was even and looked good. The Back

And the front. And sewed all my new hems. Smiley Almost there!

After, I still had some poof going on so I turned it inside out and followed (what I call) the nipple seam. You know that seam that runs from the bottom straight up to your nipples then curves out towards your arm? Well I followed that and pinned in a dart. It looks fab and I can't wait to wear it out!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first post, and my first piece of clothing! A flirty Skirt! on: September 14, 2010 01:13:32 PM
I finally gave up and just went to for it. I scoured the internet for a pattern or how-to but didn't find one I liked. I ended up combining a few all into one! Lol

I tried to take a pic showin that they are two different layers, it didn't work so well. lol

A close up of the fabulous trim on the bottom!

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